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Sri Lanka Road Map To Bridge ‘Trust Deficit’ With India

 Sri Lanka Road Map To Bridge ‘Trust Deficit’ With India

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind (middle) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) welcome Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Rashtrapati Bhavan during his visit to New Delhi in November 2019.

NEW DELHI: Nearly 20 months after Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando completed his term and returned to Colombo, his successor is expected to take charge later this month. Milinda Moragoda, a former Cabinet minister, knows he has to hit the ground running. Especially when relationship between the two countries has been strained of late and Sri Lanka is seeking a reset in bilateral ties that have been marred by “growing trust deficit”. Moragoda, who has sent a ‘road map’ to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on how Sri Lankan diplomatic missions in India need to go about their job in the next couple of years, says the overarching goal should be to elevate the partnership to the level of a special relationship and to foster greater people-to-people contacts....Read More

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